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Aug 29, 2010 02:02 PM

Budget BC? Vancouver and Victoria in November

We're planning a short trip to Vancouver and Victoria (two nights each) the third week of November. We just bought a house, so we're trying to make this a fairly frugal trip, but we still want to eat decently and get a good BC experience. Any recommendations for budget-friendly stops in either city? We're open to nice lunches and smaller dinners, if that helps.

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  1. Victoria suggestions:
    1. Foo Food at Blanshard and Yates. Asian-y food in a diner/take out setting. Love the butter chicken. Love their pork belly.
    2. The Superior Cafe - although I note with alarm that they're planning to move, the room is unique and lovely. The food is good and not expensive and the folks are friendly.
    3. Take the harbour ferry over to Spinnakers Brewpub. The food's fine, the beer is great.

    1. First off, bring good rain gear if you are going to be here in the third week of November. That is often the rainiest time of the rainiest month of the year around these parts. And it can periodically snow at that time of year, although that is rare.

      Budget eating should be no problem. At that time of year, there are often dinner specials at nice restaurants because the tourists are virtually all gone. Many restaurants offer 3 course meals for $45 or so (at least in Victoria; not sure about Vancouver). Paprika, in Oak Bay, for example offers a good early bird 3 course meal.

      I love eating within a reasonable budget. Here in Victoria that often means sacrificing ambience and/or service, but when it comes right down to it the most important part of a meal out is the food.

      Good bets in Victoria for lunch OR dinner:

      Hernandez--really decent central American food. Hard to find (in a walkway between Yates and View St...nearest cross streets are Douglas and Blanshard).

      Pizzeria Primastada...2 locations, neither downtown. Real neapolitan pizza and good salads/sides.

      Red Fish Blue Fish in the inner harbour if it is not raining, windy, or too cold (no indoor seating).

      Choux Choux Charcuterie on Fort for lunch only.

      Pig on Blanshard in the Atrium (this new location should be open by November) for fried chicken and southern BBQ.

      Zambri in the Atrium for a weekday lunch (more expensive for dinner).

      Clive's in the Chateau Victoria for cocktails (not cheap, but GREAT cocktails).

      Many more choices, but the above should get you started.

      Choux Choux Charcuterie
      830 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8R, CA

      Red Fish Blue Fish
      1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

      911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

      4 Replies
      1. re: anewton

        Thanks for the advice. We'd have had the raingear anyway - We're coming up from Camas, Wash., just northeast of Portland, Ore., so we know the Pacific Northwest rainy season! Thanks for the several suggestions - I can't wait to try them!

        1. re: anewton

          I took the stairs by Wharfside Eatery down to the parking lot and found a sort of take-out counter called Joe's SeafoodBar. I looked across and saw Red Fish Blue Fish's incredibly long lineup so I decided to give Joe's a try.
          I am a fan of Red Fish Blue Fish and love their tacones but Joe's version of tacones was actually REALLY good. They grill their shell a little longer so it gets crispier and they put plenty of halibut in my tacone. It was also not overly dripping with sauce, which I sometimes find with RFBF's. Came with cilantro and lime, which went really well with the tacone. They also included a nice side of coleslaw. Definitely worth trying if you're too hungry to wait in RFBF's lineup.
          I asked if they were affiliated with RFBF because of all the similarities (tacone, side slaw, eco cutlery) but they are not.

          Red Fish Blue Fish
          1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

            1. re: mattwarner

              It's a half tortilla, grilled and then rolled into a giant cone. Then they fill it with seafood, greens and dressing. They have a lot of options like seared tuna, salmon, scallops, oysters... like this:
              This one is actually from RFBF apparently :)

        2. In Victoria, the bottomless soup and bread for $6.25 at John's Place is a great budget friendly lunch (especially on a wet November day) - on Pandora, between Blanshard and Douglas.

          In Vancouver, I would suggest trying the more fine-dining options for lunch and going Asian for dinner (Chinese, Japanese, Indian). There are lots of specific restaurant recs on other posts.

          John's Place Restaurant
          723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W1N9, CA

          1. Frugal Dining in Vancouver list:

            Hawker's Delight (Singapore)
            Seri Malaysia
            Bo Laksa King (Bubbles and Bits) (Burmese and Pan-Asian)
            Ba Le or Tung Hing ( Banh Mi)
            Song Huong (Vietnamese)
            Finch's (Sandwiches - get the Proscuitto, Brie, Pear and Walnuts)
            Go Fish
            Congee Noodle House